Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Prospective DPMI and past DPMI participants currently enrolled at MIIS are eligible to apply for DPMI Plus.

Applications for the spring DPMI Plus program are due September 15 (early admission) or October 31 (regular admission). Applications for summer or fall programs are due by April 22 (regular admission). If you are unable to meet this deadline for summer or fall, please e-mail cmtaylor@miis.edu.

DPMI Plus 8650A (6 credits)

Matriculated MIIS students can complete DPMI Plus during the fall, spring or summer (or any combination of these options). Length of assignment can range from 3-9 months and students are able to earn 6-12 units of academic credit. Work is reviewed and approved by Professor Beryl Levinger.

Deliverables involve the application of DPMI tools, frameworks and related concepts. A cover sheet should clearly explain how each deliverable relates to the DPMI curriculum (i.e., which tools, concepts or frameworks are being applied).

Students also create a case study that examines some DPMI-related issues confronting the organization in which they are carrying out their professional activities. These issues may include project design; project monitoring; training; stakeholder participation; strategic partnering; social entrepreneurship; and innovation.

Credit is offered on a pass/fail basis.

The Development Project Practicum (DPMI Plus) may be completed in conjunction with DPMI 8610 and 8620 for up to 12 credits in any given semester, or at any time after a DPMI Certificate has been earned.

Students may request financial aid for travel and living expenses associated with their assignment, however, financial aid is limited to the duration of the semester in which the student registers for DPMI Plus credit (3 months for summer term; 4.5 months for fall or spring semester).

Acceptance to DPMI Plus is based on the following conditions:

General Requirements

  • Acceptance from a qualified organization for an internship that lasts a minimum of 11 full weeks.
  • Outstanding academic performance during remaining semesters.
  • Attendance and satisfactory participation in DPMI certificate program (2 or 3-week training) and all DPMI Plus administrative workshops.

Organizational Requirements

  • The host organization must be engaged in social change, economic growth, or development.
  • The internship must be a minimum of 35 hours of work per week (preferably 40).
  • The organization must provide an environment in which you can apply tools, concepts, and related skills introduced during DPMI training.
  • The internship must take place in a setting with at least three paid, full-time employees.
  • The internship must be supervised by someone who is able to provide you with regular feedback regarding the quality of your work. Ideally, this individual will also serve as a mentor.

Please note the following:

  • DPMI Plus participants are not permitted to enroll in any other academic programs for credit while completing DPMI Plus other than (a) 1-4 units of language credit; (b) DPMI 8610 and 8620; or (c) IEM Practicum.
  • Students completing DPMI Plus during their final semester must complete all their degree requirements before beginning their DPMI Plus assignment.
  • Academic credit is not given for the professional service experience; it is awarded for completion of deliverables approved by DPMI Plus. The professional service experience provides participants with the setting to carry out this assignments.

DPMI Plus 8650B (3 credits)

This course is open to IEM/MPA students who are also enrolled in the IEM practicum. Students are responsible for a DPMI Plus field project of their choosing worth 3 units in addition to an organizational case study. Designs are sent to Dr. Beryl Levinger for approval once the student has completed 3-4 weeks of service at the organization.

Application Waiver: IEM-MPA dual degree students planning to do the IEM Practicum and DPMI Plus in the same semester do not need to apply for DPMI Plus.